Lelit PL41TEM Anna PID Espresso Machine
Steeping on the success of the PL41TQE, the Lelit PL41TEM Anna has an added brew pressure gauge as well as different operational switches on the front panel.
Single boiler, dual-purpose system:
- Brass – The small 250 ml boiler helps keep a constant water temperature and facilitate the espresso coffee extraction.
- High wattage heating element – 1000 watt heating element for quicker reaction time when cold water enters the boiler.
- Very quick warm-up time – We clocked the warm-up time for this machine (this includes the grouphead and portafilter when locked in) to be ~10 minutes. This is mainly due to the high wattage of the heating element and small size brass boiler. We found this to be very convenient for morning warm-ups, especially when in a rush.
- Security thermostat and security valve – For better pressure control.
- Three-way solenoid valve – Allows immediate removal of the portafilter immediately after the espresso extraction has ceased (or when the pump switch in coffee mode is turned off).
- Power switch – Located on the back right of the unit. Not difficult to reach and also keeps it out of the way of the rest of the main controls.
- Three-way switch – Located on the front middle of the unit. Selects between the different modes. The up position is the steam mode. The middle is hot water mode. The down is the coffee mode.
- Pump switch – Located on the front right of the unit. Used to activate the pump for coffee or hot water mode.
- Steam/water knob – Located on the right of the espresso machine. Allows you to control the intensity of the steam or water output.
- Multi-purpose – Used for both steam or hot water depending on the current mode.
- Multi-directional – Enables you to prepare creamy cappuccinos.
- Very short wait time – The small boiler and high wattage heating element, combined with the PID controller cut the wait time from coffee to steam considerably.
- Polymer tubing – The tubing that connects the boiler to steam / hot water valves are alimentary. They can withstand high pressure, withstand high temperatures up to 620 °F, facilitate easier repairs, and most importantly, are limescale free.
- Stainless steel body and frame – Polished to a mirror finish and rust-resistant.
- Water tank visibility – There is an opening on the left side of the machine that allows you to see the water level. This is a lot easier than opening the top cover and peeking in.
- Drip tray – The tray is made of plastic. The cover is made of stainless steel. Both are removable for easy cleaning.
PID display & pressure gauge:
- PID display – Allows the temperature of the boiler to be programmed for different coffees.
- Pressure gauge – Displays in real time the pressure during coffee extraction. You only need 9-10 bars to make espresso. This gauge will help perfect your espresso shot.
Vibratory (Vibration) pump:
- Efficient – 41 watts, rated up to 15 bar with air valve bypass. Only 9 bar is necessary to extract espresso, and also wattage has no correlation to longevity.
- Cost-effective – Pumps will degrade in performance over time. Replacing a vibration pump will be less costly than a rotary vane pump.
- Portafilters – Dual spout portafilter.
- Filter baskets – 1-cup filter basket which holds approximately 7 grams. 2-cup filter basket which holds approximately 14 grams. Pod filter basket for use with E.S.E. pods. 57 mm in diameter.
- Tamper – A cheap plastic tamper. Manufacturers will normally include a tamper like this to keep the overall selling price of the machine low. We recommend upgrading to a better tamper.
- Coffee scoop – A simple plastic scoop if you are using preground coffee.
- Instructional manual.
Espresso Machine Warning:
- ELECTRICAL WARNING: To avoid electrical damage to this espresso machine which is not considered a manufacturer's defect, please acquire and install a single-outlet surge suppressor rated at 1080 joules or higher. the lack of the recommended surge suppressor, the espresso machine can be damaged at the power switch, the electronics, the heating element, the pressurstat or the wiring inside.
- WATER WARNING: To increase the useful life of and not damage your espresso machine, please use softened water. Softened water is water without calcium and without magnesium, but still has other minerals for espresso extraction. Do not use distilled water, purified water, nor reverse osmosis water as these types of water create oxidation with the metals and cause the same damaging effects as limescale.
- DESCALING WARNING: We do not recommend descaling unless there is an issue with the espresso machine. The reason is that too much descaling can eat away at the metals and gaskets inside an espresso machine.
- WARNING: This is a single boiler machine. Machines in this class do not fill the internal boiler from the reservoir automatically. Since the water level drops in the boiler during steaming, you need to replenish this to avoid damage to the heating element. The only way to do this is to run water through the steam wand with the hot water switch. This does not apply when extracting espresso.
- Use with pods: This machine is pod-capable. Please note though, shots from pods will never be as good as a pod-only machine. Also, pods will not be as good as fresh consistently ground coffee used on this machine.
- Similar Lelit models: Just to prevent any possible rumors, we are NOT clearing out any PL41 inventory for the PL51 model made by Lelit. We will not be carrying the PL51 machine as we do not like the cheaper switches placed on this machine, plus the fact that there is no three-way solenoid valve (suitable to have as this allows the user to immediately remove the portafilter right after turning off the coffee switch).
- Maximum pump pressure: 15 bar (hint: a machine only needs 9 bar of brew pressure for espresso extraction. Anything higher is only a gimmick started by different manufacturers many years ago to attract sales. Since a few manufacturers do this, many have followed suit).
- PID fluctuation: Please note that during an espresso extraction, the incoming cold water will reduce the temperature in the PID display. This is normal. In steam mode, the temperature shown on the PID display will be higher than the programmed temperature.